The English summer has finally arrived, hooray! And with temperatures continuing to rise and the weekend fast approaching, this can only mean one thing; it’s time to dig out the garden furniture and resurrect that BBQ.
Whether you’re entertaining for guests, or just trying out an alternative to your Sunday roast, preparing for a BBQ can require a bit of forward thinking. Follow our guide and you’ll be sure to impress your loved ones with a tasty treat this summer.
Prepare ahead of time
This, for me, is the key to any great barbecue. Once your guests arrive, you’ll want to be relaxing in the sun and preparing ahead takes away a lot of the pressure that comes with hosting – meaning you can enjoy the day with everyone else. Salad, sides, condiments and dessert can all be prepared beforehand, all that’s left is to heat the grill!
Sides, salads and condiments are fundamental to any great BBQ
Obviously, high quality meat is incredibly important but it’s the extra special ingredients that go with it that will complement and enhance what you’re serving from the grill. Whether it’s a slice of mature cheddar, the crunch of a fresh salad, or a side serving of corn of the cob – it’s these details that truly make a great barbecue.
Beware of cross contamination
When serving food it’s always important to be conscientious of cross contamination – particularly when cooking meat, or catering for guests who have allergies.
Preparing your salads and sides beforehand will certainly help reduce contamination risks.
It’s also a good idea to establish clear food stations for your raw and cooked meats, keeping the raw food away from everything that’s ready to be served.
Don’t forget something sweet
Barbecue food can be quite heavy and filling, so it’s a good idea to choose something fresh and light for afterwards. Delicious summer berries with meringue and cream is a great choice for a summer evening. For the kids, toast marshmallows over the barbeque – this is always a crowd pleaser!